46 CFR 11.309 - Coast Guard-accepted training other than approved courses.

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§ 11.309 Coast Guard-accepted training other than approved courses.
(a) When the training and assessment of competence required by this part are not subject to Coast Guard approval under § 11.302, but are used to qualify to hold an STCW endorsement, such training and assessment must meet the following requirements:
(1) The training and assessment must have written, clearly defined objectives that emphasize specific knowledge, skills, and abilities, and that include criteria to be used in establishing a student's successful achievement of the training objectives.
(2) The training must be set out in a written syllabus that conforms to a Coast Guard-accepted outline for such training and includes—
(i) The sequence of subjects to be covered;
(ii) The number of hours to be devoted to instruction in relevant areas of knowledge;
(iii) The identity and professional qualifications of the instructor(s) to be conducting the training or providing instruction;
(iv) The identification of other media or facilities to be used in conducting training; and
(v) Measurements at appropriate intervals of each candidate's progress toward acquisition of the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities stated in the training objectives.
(3) Except as provided in paragraph (a)(4) of this section, documentary evidence must be readily available to establish that all instructors—
(i) Have experience, training, or instruction in effective instructional techniques;
(ii) Are qualified in the task for which the training is being conducted; and
(iii) Hold the level of license, officer endorsement, or other professional credential required of those who would apply on board a vessel the relevant level of knowledge, skills, and abilities described in the training objectives.
(4) Neither a specialist in a particular field of nonmaritime education, such as mathematics or first aid, nor a person with at least 3 years of service as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, specializing in the field in which he or she is to conduct training, need hold a maritime license, MMC, or document to conduct training in that field.
(5) A simulator may be used in training if—
(i) The simulator meets applicable performance standards;
(ii) The instructor has gained practical operational experience on the particular type of simulator being used; and
(iii) The instructor has received appropriate guidance in instructional techniques involving the use of simulators.
(6) Essential equipment and instructional materials must afford all students adequate opportunity to participate in exercises and acquire practice in performing required skills.
(7) A process for routinely assessing the effectiveness of the instructors, including the use of confidential evaluations by students, is in place.
(8) Documentary evidence is readily available to establish that any evaluation of whether a student is competent in accordance with standards, methods, and criteria set out in part A of the STCW Code is conducted by a designated examiner who has experience, training, or instruction in assessment techniques.
(9) Records of the student's performance are maintained for at least 1 year by the offeror of the training and assessment.
(10) To ensure that the training is meeting its objectives, and the requirements of paragraphs (a)(1) through (9) of this section, the offeror must either—
(i) Be regulated as a maritime academy or marine academy pursuant to 46 CFR part 310; or
(ii) Monitor the training in accordance with a Coast Guard-accepted QSS, which must include the following features:
(A) The training must be provisionally certified, on the basis of an initial independent evaluation conducted under a Coast Guard-accepted QSS, as being capable of meeting its objective.
(B) The training must be periodically monitored in accordance with the schedule stipulated under the Coast Guard-accepted QSS.
(C) Each person conducting the initial evaluation or the subsequent periodic monitoring of the training shall be knowledgeable about the subjects being evaluated or monitored and about the national and international requirements that apply to the training, and shall not himself or herself be involved in the training and assessment of students.
(D) Each person evaluating or monitoring the training shall have access to all appropriate documents and facilities, and shall have opportunities both to observe all appropriate activities and to conduct confidential interviews when necessary.
(E) Arrangements must be such as to ensure that no person evaluating or monitoring the training is penalized or rewarded, directly or indirectly, by the sponsor of the training for making any particular observations or for reaching any particular conclusions.
(11) Each person conducting the initial evaluation under paragraph (a)(10)(ii)(A) of this section or the periodic monitoring of the training under paragraph (a)(10)(ii)(B) of this section shall communicate his or her conclusions to the Commanding Officer, National Maritime Center, NMC-42, 100 Forbes Drive, Martinsburg WV 25404, within 1 month of the completion of the evaluation or the monitoring.
(12) Each offeror of the training shall let the Coast Guard or someone authorized by the Coast Guard observe the records of a student's performance and records otherwise relating to paragraphs (a)(1) through (10) of this section.
(b) The Coast Guard will maintain a list of training each of whose offerors submits a certificate, initially not less than 45 calendar days before offering training under this section, and annually thereafter, signed by the offeror or its authorized representatives, stating that the training fully complies with requirements of this section, and identifying the Coast Guard-accepted QSS being used for independent monitoring. Training programs on this list will offer the training necessary for officer and STCW endorsements under this part. The Coast Guard will update this list periodically and make it available to members of the public on request.
(c) If the Coast Guard determines, on the basis of observations or conclusions either of its own or of someone authorized by it to monitor the training, that particular training does not satisfy one or more of the conditions described in paragraph (a) of this section—
(1) The Coast Guard will so notify the offeror of the training by letter, enclosing a report of the observations and conclusions;
(2) The offeror may, within a period specified in the notice, either appeal the observations or conclusions to the Commandant (CG-CVC) or bring the training into compliance; and
(3) If the appeal is denied—or the deficiency is not corrected in the allotted time, or within any additional period judged by the Coast Guard to be appropriate, considering progress toward compliance—the Coast Guard will remove the training from the list maintained under paragraph (b) of this section until it can verify full compliance; and it may deny applications for licenses for officer or STCW endorsements based in whole or in part on training not on the list, until additional training or assessment is documented.
[CGD 95-062, 62 FR 34531, June 26, 1997, as amended by USCG-1998-4442, 63 FR 52189, Sept. 30, 1998; USCG-2004-18884, 69 FR 58342, Sept. 30, 2004; USCG-2007-29018, 72 FR 53964, Sept. 21, 2007; USCG-2008-0906, 73 FR 56508, Sept. 29, 2008; USCG-2006-24371, 74 FR 11239, Mar. 16, 2009]
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§ 11.309 Requirements to qualify for an STCW endorsement as Officer in charge of a navigational watch (OICNW) of vessels of 500 GT or more (operational level).

(a) To qualify for an STCW endorsement as OICNW, an applicant must -

(1) Provide evidence of seagoing service as follows:

(i) Thirty-six months of seagoing service in the deck department on vessels operating in oceans, near-coastal waters, and/or Great Lakes. Service on inland waters, bays, or sounds that are navigable waters of the United States may be substituted for up to 50 percent of the total required service; or

(ii) Twelve months of seagoing service as part of an approved training program, which includes onboard training that meets the requirements of Section A-II/1 of the STCW Code (incorporated by reference, see § 11.102 of this part);

(2) Provide evidence of having performed, during the required seagoing service, bridge watchkeeping duties under the supervision of an officer holding the STCW endorsement as master, chief mate, second mate, or OICNW, for a period of not less than 6 months;

(3) Provide evidence of meeting the standard of competence specified in Section A-II/1 of the STCW Code; and

(4) Provide evidence of having satisfactorily completed approved training in the following subject areas:

(i) Medical first-aid provider.

(ii) Radar observer.

(iii) Search and rescue.

(iv) Basic and advanced firefighting in accordance with § 11.303 of this subpart.

(v) Proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue boats (PSC) or proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats other than lifeboats and fast rescue boats (PSC-limited).

(vi) Visual signaling.

(vii) Bridge resource management (BRM).

(viii) Terrestrial and celestial navigation, and electronic navigation systems.

(ix) Watchkeeping, including International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) and IMO standard marine communication phrases (SMCP).

(x) Cargo handling and stowage.

(xi) Ship handling.

(xii) Stability and ship construction.

(xiii) Meteorology.

(xiv) ARPA, if serving on a vessel with this equipment.

(xv) GMDSS, if serving on a vessel with this equipment.

(xvi) ECDIS, if serving on a vessel with this equipment.

(b) Experience gained in the engine department on vessels may be creditable for up to 3 months of the service requirements in paragraph (a)(1)(i) of this section.

(c) For a renewal of an STCW endorsement as OICNW of vessels of 500 GT or more to be valid on or after January 1, 2017, each candidate must provide the following:

(1) Evidence of meeting the standard of competence in leadership and teamworking skills.

(2) Completion of approved training in ECDIS, if serving on a vessel with this equipment.

(d) The Coast Guard may exempt an applicant from meeting any individual knowledge, understanding, and proficiency required in Section A-II/1 of the STCW Code. These exemptions must be approved by the Coast Guard based upon vessel type. Under these circumstances, the credential may include a corresponding limitation.

(e) Seafarers with one of the following national officer endorsements are eligible to apply for this endorsement upon completion of the requirements in the following table:

Table 1 to § 11.309(e) - STCW Endorsement as OICNW of Vessels of 500 GT or More

Entry path from national endorsements Sea service under authority of the endorsement 1 Competence - STCW Table A-II/2 2 Training required by this
section 3
Mate ocean or near-coastal, unlimited tonnage None Yes Yes.
Master ocean or near-coastal, less than 500 GRT 6 months Yes Yes.
Mate ocean or near-coastal, less than 1,600 GRT None Yes Yes.
Mate ocean or near-coastal, less than 500 GRT 12 months Yes Yes.
Mate OSV 12 months 1 Yes Yes.
Mate towing vessel ocean or near-coastal 6 months Yes Yes.

1 This column provides the minimum additional service required of the seafarer in order to meet the requirements of this section.

2 Complete any items in paragraph (a)(3) of this section not previously satisfied.

3 Complete any items in paragraph (a)(4) of this section not previously satisfied.

[USCG-2004-17914, 78 FR 77909, Dec. 24, 2013, as amended by USCG-2014-0688, 79 FR 58276, Sept. 29, 2014]

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    1. 80 FR 62466 - Shipping; Technical, Organizational, and Conforming Amendments
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